About Us

The Railway Conductor, based in Northamptonshire, is the go to place for your choice of Model Railways!

We stock a huge range of products suitable for 00, N, 0 Gauge, as well as die-cast models, radio controlled vehicles and many other children's toys.

Please do browse our online store for your gift ideas or pop along to our shop where we can provide you with the first class experience. We are experts in Model Railways.

My Story

Like many men (and some women!) I had a Hornby train set as a child.

I loved that I could make the train run along the track just like the real thing. I could get it to couple up to coaches and trucks. I could get it to run on a different track just by switching the points! And I could build my own railway station and have people on it! Porters with carts of luggage. Station Masters. Passengers with their children in tow. It was just like my trips to the real railway station!! And I could build the countryside around it. Trees. Hedges. Cars. Vans. There were so many things I could have bought with my pocket money…

But, one day, my train set was packed away and it was never brought out again. I missed it at first but, as they say, out of sight out of mind. And so, I eventually forgot about Hornby. Until the birth of my son. It made me reflect on my childhood… and then I remembered the Hornby train set. I was determined that my son would get the same enjoyment out of a train set that I did all those years ago, he was going to have a train set (whether he liked it or not!).

So, I looked on the internet and bought a set from an online shop. I went and collected it and found it was someone selling model railway “stuff” from his bedroom. I went back a few months later to buy a railway station…. and he had stopped trading and was now selling something entirely different. I was gobsmacked.

But it opened my eyes up to a possibility I’d never considered. I could sell model railways myself. I could open a shop. I could sell online. And so, I opened the shop. On 1st March 2015.

It’s been a hard slog. I had to learn how to deal with suppliers; how to get customers to the shop; bookkeeping; websites. But I’ve built a business that supplies products from Hornby as well as Bachmann and Dapol, and we also stock Airfix models and Scalextric cars and track.

So, here I am 2 years later. The website is up and running successfully and the shop is busy.

Pop into the shop to see us. You’ll be surprised by just how much we have in stock. Or, if you’re looking for something that’s not on our website then give us a ring on 01327 439736 and we’ll do our best to help.

Our Shop

Our shop is located at The Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre, Upper Stowe, Near Weedon,
Northampton NN7 4SH. You can pop in and see our huge range of products Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 17.00pm, and on Sundays from 11.00am - 16.00pm.

Free Shipping

We are based in Northamptonshire and ship throughout the UK Mainland. FREE shipping to UK customers who spend over £50 and we ensure all products are securely packaged.

Returns

If you do have any issues relating to your product please call us or email us within 24 hours of receiving the product. We will discuss options with you directly.

The Railway Conductor Shop in Northamptonshire